You know those museums that are really quiet and you can’t touch anything? These are definitely not those museums. Take the Boston Children’s Museum. It’s one-of-a-kind, world-renowned center for enrichment. But the kids don’t care about that. They just like that it’s as fun as a barrel of monkeys. The Museum of Science has scary dinosaurs, loud electric bursts, and an Imax screen the size of a basketball court, and it’s still extremely educational. The Kidspace at Mass MoCA has really mind-blowing art, including some uniquely interactive work. At the Discovery Museums in Acton, kids can bounce a ball three stories high or engineer their own train track. Of course, if your family loves those quiet museums, we have plenty of those too.

Watch a video on Edith Wharton’s The Mount in Lenox.

  • Children's Museum, Boston

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum

  • Eric Carle Museum, Amherst

  • Museum of Science, Boston

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  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
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    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Springfield Museums +
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    Springfield Museums

    Springfield

  • American Textile History Museum +
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    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

  • Botanic Garden of Smith College +
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    Botanic Garden of Smith College

    Northampton

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
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    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
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    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Vaillancourt Folk Art +
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    Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
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    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Harvard Art Museums +
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    Harvard Art Museums

    Cambridge

  • Historic Deerfield +
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    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
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    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Nichols House Museum +
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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc. +
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    Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

    Shelburne Falls

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Blanchard's Colonial Tavern +
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    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum +
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    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    Hyannis

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
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    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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